What lies Beneath a Woman's heart? A poem and prose on discernment.

One of the hardest lessons I learned in life happened to be one of the best blessings I ever received; and that is, discerning the heart. Many people may feel that you cannot tell what lies in the heart of another person and truthfully you can't. You can, however, receive insight to the motive of others if you look deeper than the words that come out of their mouth.

Many years ago I was fervently praying for something I wanted. One day after praying, I was watching one of those reality television shows, and the women were fighting and throwing drinks and the word "ratchet" came in my heart. Unfortunately, they didn't come alone and other words followed. Words that described the deceitfulness and treachery that comes from deep within the heart.

The thing that was so powerful about the words that followed were they appeared to be addressing the motive behind the carefully, chosen, words I chose to use and not the words themselves. This loving rebuke taught me a valuable lesson that turned into a blessing: "You can impress people with words but you can only impress God with your heart.


Prose: The meaning behind this poem.

I've had the most fun with this poem. When I wrote it, I first read it to men and oh, I wish you could have seen the applause and appreciation I got from them. I was applauded for my insight-fullness especially since I'm a woman. Every man who read this poem thrilled me with all their stories of treacherous women in their lives, past or present.

Then I read the story to women. I almost got slapped, cursed out, got the cold shoulder, and one of my dear aunts confided to me that women only become treacherous after dealing with cold-hearted men. I was seen as a traitor to the women race!

I absolutely loved the controversy this poem has caused after all, (I'm such a little stinker) But before I lose all my female followers, although I might have gained a few men, I have to explain the meaning behind the poem.

The Heart Of a Woman

The heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed...

Her words drip with honey, her mind is full of schemes...

Her ways are devilish and oh, so selfish...

Yes, even at her best, she's a conniver no less...

She's bitter as wormwood, or so this may seem...

Yes, the heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed...

Breaking The Poem Down Into Understanding.

The poem is about "motives" and because I am a woman the poem is about the heart of a woman, which is probably my heart. This makes sense because I do not know what lies beneath the heart of a man in that case I can only speculate. However, because I am a woman I can speak on what lies in my own heart:

Lets examine these words and break them down:

The heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed:

We all know that evil lurks in the heart of everyone. We are all capable of being good and bad.

Her words drip with honey, her mind is full of schemes:

Sweet words and good things come from our lips because we have learned to tell people what they want to hear, while our true motives are hidden in our heart.

Her ways are devilish and oh, so selfish:

Let's be honest, most of us won't do anything without a self-fulfilling motive, meaning we expect a return on all of our investments.

Yes, even at her best she's a conniver no less:

The best way to understand this is "manipulative" constantly finding ways to have things flow our way, which doesn't feel conniving but actually feels natural.

She's bitter as wormwood, or though this may seem:

This line that came from my own heart baffled even me. We are chameleons and we are able to change or adapt to any situation, this is because we know that "man" judges by outward appearances. Only God can see our heart, so a person may not always be what they appear to be.

Yes, the heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed:

Discerning the Heart.

The poem is not so much about a woman with a treacherous heart, but more about treachery in the heart of us all. When I began to understand discernment, I was led to the scripture in Romans 3:10-31.

We label others by what we perceive as being bad or good. The truth is we are all capable of being both. Even a murderer is capable of doing good deeds, and a holy-filled sanctified person is capable of doing bad.

Discernment has a purpose. It teaches us to not be flattered by sweet words. To not be impressed with every action. We are not always able to discern the motives of others, but God discerns all things because He searches the heart.

Discernment also helps us with understanding ourselves and others. We constantly build celebrities up only to become disappointed when we find out they're no better than us. I was famous for looking up to people who I thought were better, only to be disappointed when they didn't live up to the pedestal I put them on. We look for people to idolize because we want a standard to strive for, but we cannot find that perfection in people it only exists in God.

Are Your Motives Pure?

This poem was most likely watered by seeds planted from my heavy meditation on proverbs and psalms. Most of my work, which I call my fruit, are biblical inspired. And although this is a fun read and I can honestly say I have had the most fun with it, there is a message that lies beneath. A wise person considers before they speak. The same mouth that will uplift and speak life to the spirit can also tear down and injure the soul. Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life. Know that we serve a God who knows all, sees all and is all. For man may judge by outward appearance but God judges the heart.

Based on this poem how would you evaluate your heart?

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© 2014 Dana Tate

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This may be a brave poem Dana, and I can se why many men applaud and women would slap...lol. Your explanation puts it all in context though and we know that out wards appearances and emotions are not always what is inside. We are all programmed how to get what we want and to do what it takes to obtain the desired outcome. Men and women usually to about it in different ways however..lol. Voted up.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Thank you for your kind comment Jodah, it is a very brave poem I'm glad you saw the humor and message behind it. Thank's for the comment and vote up.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Very powerful and insightful poem, it really bridges some gaps.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Joedolphin88 what a pleasure to gain a new follower. I am so glad you appreciate this piece. I have had more people pay attention to the words and not my understanding that the poem was about "motives" of the heart. Thank you so much for appreciating, reading and commenting. I look forward to reading and commenting on your work. Thanks again.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Dana, I've Checked out another one of your performing poems :-) This is an award winning poem because of its true substance. However, God has created in you a brand new heart, huh? Thank you so much for the sharing *


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Yes He has created in me a new heart. I'll share the true meaning of this poem with you and I have done this with no other. When the Lord told me about the plans He had for my life. I became obsessed and impatient with the blessing that He told me was coming. At first I was patient, thinking it was coming right away. Then I began to start praying, begging and when that didn't work I became angry with the Lord because I felt I was suffering and needed just a few pieces of fruit off the vine. I felt the Lord would show me some favor because I loved Him so and wrote such beautiful poetry for Him that was true from my heart. Well, the Lord answered my prayers and the result was this poem. Basically He said to me "I hear your beautiful words but I also see your heart. The anger, the manipulation, the plans of what you plan to do when your season comes". If you read the poem again now that you have the true understanding I'm sure you will find it funny. That's why my message was " Watch your heart because we serve a Lord who sees our true motives"... basically the poem is a chastisement. Can you imagine I got busted out by God.!!! Thank you for reading.


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LadyFiddler 23 months ago from Somewhere in the West

He God knows the heart and trieth the reins. Yes we all have deceit and bad qualities in us , we can also act out a role to hide our emotions , some people can I am not one of those i let you know when I am not pleased.

yes by our actions we perceive to others who we be or i guess what they think we are. The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked above ALL THINGS.

Have a wonderful day Dana

Happy New Year and all the best , May God continue to walk by your side!


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melissae1963 21 months ago from Tennessee, United States

Excellent analysis of a poem and connections. You hit it right on the head. I appreciate the way that you made the connection with a Bible verse.


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Dana Tate 21 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

melissae1963; I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my hub. Thank you for your visit!


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Tiki33 21 months ago

This is deep. Truth lies here. Both women and men can be good and bad. God knows who we truly are and he knows are hearts. I think we all expect some sort of return, some may say that they don't, but that's not so. If we give someone something than we expect a thank you. That's expecting something. No one wants to consider themselves as manipulative but we have that within us.


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Dana Tate 21 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Tiki33: Thank you for taking the time to read my hub. You have a great understanding of the point I was making when these words entered my heart. Even though the poem was about me, I was surprised how manipulation is within us, even when we don't realize it. When I wrote this poem it made me examine myself; it was then I truly understood God understands us better than we understand ourselves.


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Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

I think this poem was just brilliant Dana. I like how you broke it down for people to understand better. However, I'm happy to say I totally got it from the first sentence.

I loved it!!! :)


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

I'm so happy to know you understood the meaning of the poem Missy. I received much controversy, so I had to break it down so people would know I wasn't throwing shade on women. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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word55 16 months ago from Chicago

Hi Dana, Good to reread this, when David in the Psalms 51: 10 said to God, "create in me a new heart" he was as sincere as you were. Without spiritualism in our lives we are subject to treacherousness, deceit and evil. If people could imagine how good God is for them they would turn to Him for the renewing of their hearts and souls right away.


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Word55: God, create in me a new heart' Is a perfect analysis of the true meaning of the poem! I wish I had thought of that first. I may have to revamp my hub. That is exactly what the Lord does He changes your heart.


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mabelhenry 14 months ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

Brava Dana: I applaud you on another fine masterpiece. This hub may target women and that is a good thing, because you are saying What the Apostle James warns us about the treachery that lives in the heart that says it is alright to praise God with one breathe and curse man with same mouth and that is treacherous. The intent, motive, and desire to speech against anyone, or to plot mischief are all symptoms of a bad tree. Wow Dana, I read the testimony you gave above and this poem is a powerful poem. You went through a purging, cleansing, chastisement and so much more. You would understand how King David would declare, Thy Rod and Thy Staff comfort me. You are now comforted because the rod corrective power is pouring out a sweet fragrance and His staff is leading you, without the correction that treachery would be an odor and not a fragrance. You break this poem down magnificently. My heart shouts brava to you!


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Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES Author

Yes, I must admit this is a poem of chastisement but one that has truly been a blessing too me. Many times we do not realize the deception that lies in our heart, because it almost seem normal to manipulate to get our own way. But it was a true testament that God will not be mocked. The blessed thing about the chastisement is instead of shaming me it caused me to love and worship the Lord more. The confirmation that He knew me better than I knew myself, and that He is an all knowing God shocked me to my very core. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a generous comment.

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